Review: Sigma Buster 600

A simple but robust solution with enormous run time

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The Sigma Buster 600 sports angular lines.

The Sigma Buster 600 sports angular lines (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: Sigma Buster 600

Sigma from Germany makes simple solutions for lighting opportunities primarily for commuting, but this Sigma Buster 600 has enough power for trail use. Put one on the bar or helmet or one of each and you’re good to go.

It’s a 600 Lumen light for $90 and we appreciate the good value. It scores near the head of the pack with a 6.66 Lumen per dollar delivered so it delivers good, reliable value to the consumer. The self-contained light is well made and fairly robust.

It’s not the smallest flashlight around, but all that surface area means it can cool itself efficiently with minimal airflow or warm ambient temperatures.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 600 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 59
Measured Lumens: 599 Lumens Mounted weight: 149 grams
Lumens per $: 6.66 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 4.02 Lumens Price: $90
Run time on high: 5:00 Hours Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Honest Lumen output
  • A little bit big for the output
  • $90 price delivers good value
  • No side lighting for commuting
  • Claimed 5-hour run time is just incredibly high
  • Not a quick release strap mount.

Full Review: Sigma Buster 600

Construction is solid and this light delivers good value for $90.

Heat sinking is fairly generous for a 600 Lumen light.

Heat sinking is fairly generous for a 600 Lumen light (click to enlarge).

The beam pattern is fairly even with no hotspots. It’s very good for commuting, but for trail riding it’s best mounted on the helmet since it is not very wide.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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